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Now Open: C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award Nominations

Call for Nominations for the 2013
C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award
Statewide Award is accompanied by a contribution from Humana

The call for nominations for the 2013 C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award is officially underway! Do you know an older person in your community who has made a difference as a volunteer advocate for older Floridians? Why not nominate them for the 2013 C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award to be awarded in Spring, 2014 at a ceremony at the State Capitol. The Award is recognized by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

The window for consideration for this award will close in mid-March, so CCHOAA judges recommend not delaying your nominations.

C. Colburn Hardy was a community leader and author of numerous financial publications. In addition to being an active supporter of the Florida area agencies on aging, a member of the Claude Pepper Commission, White House Conferences on Aging and volunteer legislative lobbyist, and a long-standing member of the Florida Council on Aging, Hardy also served as a New Jersey State legislator. It is in his honor and the memory of his spirit, service and accomplishments that the C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award was established by his family and friends.

The award has been presented annually to a year-round older Florida resident who as a volunteer has made significant statewide contributions to policies, programs or services for older Floridians. This individual demonstrates vision, advocacy, and leadership regarding the future of services for Florida's growing older population.

Previous awardees include E. Bentley Lipscomb, St. Petersburg, Director, Florida AARP (1999); William E. Hale, M.D. Dunedin, Founder, Florida Geriatric Research Program of Morton Plant Mease Health Care (2000); Jose Colon, Casselberry, Statewide SHINE Program leader (2001); Willis N. Murray, Miami, Chairman of the Board, Dade Alliance for Aging (2002); Stanley Godleski, Sarasota, Contributions to telemedicine and end of life care (2003); Norman L. Bungard, St. Petersburg, Member, Florida Silver Haired Legislature (2004); John Stokesberry, Miami, Former CEO, Florida Office on Aging and Adult Services (predecessor of DoEA); former CEO, Alliance for Aging of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (2005); Austin Curry, Tampa, President, Elder Care Advocacy of Florida; Senate President, Florida Silver-Haired Legislature (2006); William (Bill) Humphrey, New Port Richey, Director, VITA, annual preparation of 10,000+ tax returns for seniors through public-private partnerships (2007); Norma Lemberg, Coral Gables, Norma launched, with Coly Hardy, Older Americans Act statewide programs and was an advocate for transportation programs (2008); Linda Rubens, R.N., Jacksonville, Vice Chair, Florida Statewide Advocacy Council,(2009); Joseph Schwartz, Coral Springs, Former Pharmacy and Drug Companies Executive involved in statewide education and training programs for seniors and law enforcement officers (2010); Esther "Tess" Canja, Port Charlotte, Charter Member of TEAM Port Charlotte, served in various national, state and local AARP leadership positions as well as volunteer advocate for seniors in Florida (2011); and Judith Thames, Orlando, former Florida State President of AARP, advocate for transportation and mobility programs, Winter Park Health Foundation Board member, and Vice President of LIFE@UCF (2012).

For several years, the prestigious award has been accompanied by a contribution from Humana to a relevant Florida non-profit organization selected by the awardee.

For more information, please contact The Honorable Dorcas Hardy or Moya Thompson. To download nomination forms, please visit

Since 2012, health care company Humana Inc. joined as a supporter of the C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award. Humana, Florida's largest Medicare health benefits company with more than 500,000 members statewide has long been a supporter of programs that recognize the volunteer work of seniors in the community. For more information, go to